Franklin Graham Infuriates Evangelicals After Telling Them to Get Vaccinated

Over the last four years evangelical leader Franklin Graham has worked tirelessly to paint a religious veneer on Donald Trump’s racist policies, harsh rhetoric and myriad crimes against democracy and the God that he worships.

Graham isn’t rewarded financially by Trump for his thankless job as a fluffer, but propping up of the racist, corrupt and incompetent short-fingered vulgarian inspires his flock to donate to his ministries. It’s all about the Benjamins and Graham will debase himself to keep himself living in the lap of luxury.

Graham has amplified Trump’s COVID misinformation and conspiracy theories. He’s lambasted Dr. Anthony Fauci for having the temerity to suggest that we should follow the science instead of relying on the counsel of anti-science buffoons like himself who said “COVID exists only because Man has turned his back on God.”

Graham finally said something about the pandemic that makes sense, or at last as much sense as you can expect from a white evangelical minister:

“I have been asked my opinion about the vaccine by the media and others. I have even been asked if Jesus were physically walking on earth now, would He be an advocate for vaccines. My answer was that based on the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, I would have to say — yes, I think Jesus Christ would advocate for people using vaccines and medicines to treat suffering and save lives…

… Vaccines have worked for polio, smallpox, measles, the flu and so many other deadly illnesses — why not for this virus? Since there are different vaccines available, my recommendation is that people do their research, talk to their doctor, and pray about it to determine which vaccine, if any, is right for them. My wife and I have both had the vaccine; and at 68 years old, I want to get as many more miles out of these old bones as possible!”

Graham’s statement is problematic, we aren’t given a choice of which of the three vaccines currently available we prefer and his implication that vaccines may not be right for some people is unscientific hogwash. But I give him credit for urging his followers to be vaccinated, especially considering that vaccine hesitancy is epidemic in the evangelical world.

Graham was crucified for urging his flock to be vaccinated, he was called everything but a child of God by outraged evangelicals. True believers who have the mindset of “Jesus is my vaccine” tore Graham a new asshole for his heretical statement.

I don’t have faith that evangelicals will ever see the light of reason, science and common sense.

If Jesus Christ, the Great Physician walked on the Earth today, he would advocate for people to listen to scientists and physicians like Dr. Fauci, and to disregard the advice of con artists like Graham.

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Franklin Graham Compares 10 Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump to Judas Iscariot

“Shame, shame on the ten Republicans who joined with @SpeakerPelosi & the House Democrats in impeaching President Trump yesterday. After all that he has done for our country, you would turn your back & betray him so quickly? What was done yesterday only further divides our nation.”

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Rev. Franklin Graham, the head of the non-profit Samaritan’s Purse, has been a steadfast supporter of President Donald Trump. He has stood by the short-fingered vulgarian’s side throughout every credible allegation of sexual assault, every outrageous lie, every racist comment and every other toxic word and action that’s antithetical to the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

On January 6, 2020 millions of Americans were sickened when they witnessed Trump incite his followers to break down the doors of the Capitol and commit unspeakable crimes of murder, vandalism, theft and mayhem.  I was so outraged that I wrote several essays condemning the insurrection, wanton violence and obscenely unchristian behavior, but Graham mildly rebuked Trump, saying:

“I don’t think it was the president’s finest moment.”

I am hardly surprised that Graham likened the 10 Republican representatives who voted to impeach Trump to Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ in exchange for 30 pieces of silver. Where we see profiles in courage, Graham sees apostates who fail to recognize Trump as a messianic figure who can do no wrong.

On “Fox and Friends Weekend”, Graham asserted that only God can address the problems that America currently faces. I can bullshit on that assertion! It’s up to all Americans, believers and unbelievers alike, to acknowledge and address the problems facing America.

And Trump is the biggest problem facing America, and I applaud the ten Republican congresspersons who voted to impeach him. Trump isn’t the only problem facing America, white evangelical ministers who support the fascist-in-chief are complicit in his crimes, and we must condemn them in no uncertain terms.

Franklin Graham Calls for ‘Special Day of Prayer’ to Protect Donald Trump

“Graham and 250 other Christian leaders are calling for Sunday, June 2, to be a ‘Special Day of Prayer for the President’ in hopes God will ‘protect, strengthen, embolden and direct’ Trump against his political foes.

President Trump’s enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency,’ Graham posted Sunday on Facebook.

‘In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God. This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President,’ said his post.”

Charlotte Observer

We are living in perilous times and it’s incumbent upon prophets of God to speak truth to power and condemn ruthless authoritarians like Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

We need a man of God to stand in the breach and rail against the racism, homophobia, misogyny and xenophobia of the Trump administration. Someone like Nathan the prophet who confronted King David over his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband to cover-up the affair.

Evangelical leaders like Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. speak out in no uncertain terms against the sexual immorality in Hollywood, but they give their false Messiah a mulligan for his myriad sexual indiscretions.

When Franklin and his ilk say they’re praying for Trump they don’t mean that they will pray that he will repent from his vulgarity, racism, intolerance and pettiness. They’re asking the Almighty to protect and strengthen Trump in his mission to Make America Great by demonizing immigrants, stripping away rights from transgender individuals, and appointed conservative judges who will overturn Roe vs Wade.

It’s blasphemous that white evangelicals are praying that the Supreme Being will protect the most evil American president in history, but at least we know that their thoughts and prayers have the efficacy of belches and farts.

I don’t know what I’ll be doing on June 2, I certainly won’t be praying for Trump but I know what I will be doing November 2020: voting for the Democrat who will face off against the fucking moron.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article230871584.html

Franklin Graham Tells Mayor Pete to Repent, Not Flaunt Being Gay

“One of the country’s most well-known evangelical Christians, Franklin Graham, said Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay 2020 presidential candidate, should repent. Graham called homosexuality a ‘sin’ and ‘something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized,’ in a tweet Wednesday. ‘Mayor Buttigieg says he’s a gay Christian. As a Christian I believe the Bible which defines homosexuality as sin, something to be repentant of, not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized. The Bible says marriage is between a man & a woman—not two men, not two women,’ Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, tweeted.”

The Charlotte Observer

Jesus Christ had volumes to say about the sins of pride, self-righteousness, greed and envy, but he didn’t have a single word to say about homosexuality.

The Old Testament prohibits many behaviors including wearing clothing made from mixed fabrics, letting your hair become unkempt, sleeping with another man’s slave ( I guess it’s kosher to sleep with your own slaves), getting tattoos, trimming your beard (lots of heathen millennials walking around), and men having sex with men and women having sex with women.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

I don’t lose any sleep over my neighbors having unkempt hair, tattoos, or neatly trimmed beards, and I don’t give a rat’s as if they sleep with same sex partners. My duty as a Christian is to mind my own business, worry about the beam that’s in my eye, and show them the love of Christ.

The hypocrisy of Franklin Graham knows no bounds, he praises Donald Trump, who openly and brazenly flaunts the seven deadly sins, but goes ballistic over Pete Buttigieg because he’s a proud gay man.

Mayor Pete is a practicing Episcopalian who’s imbued with the Spirit of Christ, and his policies of universal health care, respect for immigrants, and support for welfare programs embody the teachings of Christ. Trump, on the other hand is the antitheses of everything Jesus taught.

Memo to Franklin Graham: A prophet should speak truth to power, you should be condemning Trump for demonizing immigrants, sexually assaulting women, marginalizing minorities and lying his fool head off.

If Graham makes it to heaven, by the skin of his teeth, he may discover that there’ a rainbow flag next to the throne of God.   Read More: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/nation-world/national/article229629454.html

Outrage: Franklin Graham Selling Pro-Trump T-Shirts at Billy Graham Library

“Now Franklin Graham is inviting evangelical Christians to wear their support for Donald Trump, America`s 45th president.

The North Carolina-based evangelist is selling “Pray for 45” T-shirts in the store at Charlotte`s Billy Graham Library.

It`s Graham`s answer to “Impeach 45″ T-shirts, baby clothes and Frisbees that were briefly advertised by third-party sellers on Walmart`s website.”

Charlotte Observer

Televangelists` stock-in-trade is selling ridiculous religious trinkets such as prayer cloths and anointing oil to their gullible followers.

Not to be outdone by his evangelical brethren, the Rev. Franklin Graham is selling “Pray for 45” T-shirts in the store at Charlotte`s Billy Graham Library.

Billy Graham must be rolling over in his grave at the idea of a T-shirt supporting a president who resembles the anti-Christ more than Jesus Christ being sold in a library named after him.

To add insult to injury the online ad for the profane T-shirts includes a pitch from the Bible.

Many sincere Christians pray for Trump regularly, they pray that he will turn from his wicked ways and embrace God. White evangelicals, on the other hand, pray that God will bless the most corrupt, racist and inept administration in history.

The store at the Billy Graham library should sell KKK pointy caps and dunce hats, they would go perfectly with the pro-Trump T-shirts.

Franklin Graham Dismisses Donald Trump’s Alleged Affair With Porn Star Stormy Daniels

“You would think itd be incredibly easy for an evangelical Christian leader to denounce Donald Trump`s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, which reportedly took place months after giving birth to his fifth child with his third wife. Yet Franklin Graham, appearing yesterday on MSNBC with anchor Alex Witt, had no words of condemnation for his Republican savior.

Graham initially suggested the entire story was fake since Trump hadn`t admitted it – but added that it wouldn`t matter even if it were true because Trump isn`t `President Perfect.`”

Patheos

During the 2016 presidential campaign Donald Trump famously claimed he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose any voters.

I would argue that Trump could rape a 13-year-old girl in the middle of Fifth Avenue and not lose any support from evangelicals. Evangelicals would claim that the little harlot tempted him, and that he repented anyway immediately after closing his zipper.

If Stormy Daniels produced a blue dress with a semen stain that was verified to be Trump`s DNA, evangelicals would claim that the stain was in the shape of a cross, and evidence that God`s blessing was upon him.

Franklin Graham has been one of the most diehard Trump supporters, time after time again he has justified the president`s sins and transgressions. I`m not surprised that he has failed to condemn Trump for having an affair with a porn star, and paying her money to keep quiet.

The Rev. Graham had the audacity on Sunday to declare that President Trump defends Christianity more than any recent American leader.

With all due respect the good reverend is full of crap, Trump`s policies, behavior and words are antithetical to Christianity. Trump has defiled the Christian faith more than any recent American leader.

Trump and his evangelical enablers are destroying democracy and Christianity, and the president and his white evangelical supports should be anathema to true Christians, and true patriots.

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